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I-91 South Ramp Near Holyoke Mall Set to Reopen

July 18th, 2013

I-91 South Ramp Near Holyoke Mall Set to Reopen.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Motorists near the Holyoke Mall should have an easier time getting back onto the southbound side of I-91 now that a once-closed ramp is set to reopen.

Thursday afternoon, MassDOT spokesperson Mike Verseckes said that the ramp from Lower Westfield Road to Interstate 91 south will be reopen in time for the Friday morning commute.

The ramp closed back in May so that a contractor could perform repairs to a bridge adjacent to the ramp.

Because of that needed work, MassDOT noted that there was no safe way to merge onto I-91, forcing the closure of the ramp.

However, several people and businesses in the area expressed frustration that work was rarely visible at the site, with one business owner saying he lost 40 percent of his business due to the closure.

The project was part of a $15 million investment to repair 16 bridge along the highway.


Crews Conclude Third Day of Searching for Remains of Jamie Lusher

July 18th, 2013

becket, MA.

BECKET, Mass. (WGGB) — A third day of searching brings no evidence of Jamie Lusher’s remains in a Becket pond.

The 16 year old was abducted and killed almost 21 years ago in Westfield.

Under intense heat, police searched here at Greenwater Pond for the last three days, in an area about the size of a football field, where these buoys are currently located.

While the three day search did not reveal any evidence that Lusher’s remains were placed in the water, both police and Lushers’s family say the efforts were well worth it.

For three days, Jamie Lusher’s family watched as dozens of divers splashed into Greenwater Pond.

The mission: to find any remains of Jamie after serial killer Lewis Lent confessed to placing the 16-year-old’s body in the water over two decades ago

“This is the most incredible thing I’ve eve seen for my brother,” says Jennifer Nowak, Jamie’s sister.

The lake is 88 acres wide, but the primary search area was about the size of a football field.

At over 30 foot depths, the water temperature was only 40 degrees.

Dive teams from New York and Massachusetts searched for any trace of evidence in layers of silt.

“This is a crime that is purported to have occurred almost 21 years ago, so I compare this to looking for a needle in a haystack, but quite frankly, we find needles in haystacks very frequently in this business. This is far more challenging,” says Col. Timothy Alben of the Mass. State Police.

While ardous, the work is still valuable. Alben says after two decades and with Lent already serving life in prison for other murders, the goal this week was to simply bring closure.

Jamie’s family says even with no evidence being recovered yet, dive teams succeeded in doing that, at a suddenly special, tranquil location.

“He unwittingly placed my son in a place that my son would love. I also can come to a specific spot on this lake and feel confident that’s that where his body was placed and I can talk to him. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, someday I will see him again, not on this earth, but I feel very confident that I will see him again,” says Jamie’s father, James Lusher.

“Now when I go down Mass. Pike, I have a place to kiss.”

State Police have promised the family of Jamie Lusher and the public that this is not the end of their search for Jamie’s remains. They plan to periodically return to Greenwater Pond to continue diving, hoping one day they will bring final closure to his family.

They also believe people who have used Greenwater Pond over the past two decades may have seen things in the water or on shore that didn’t seem important at the time, but could be critical in the investigation.
They ask anyone with any information to contact them.


Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible

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..Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and flash flood potential and Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible to likely today across much of Southern New England. Urban/poor drainage flooding, small river/stream flooding, strong to damaging winds and hail are the primary threats.. ..A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect from 11 AM Monday to Midnight Tuesday for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester, and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut.. ..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely anytime after Noon today..

The high pressure system that brought a heat wave to much of Southern New England has weakened a bit and has slid further south. This has allowed a stalled out upper level low pressure system that was to the west of the region and had brought several days of thunderstorms, flash flooding, and severe weather to begin influencing out weather again resulting in isolated severe weather across interior Southern New England Sunday.

As we get into Monday, another round of thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and flash flood potential and isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible to likely today across much of interior Southern New England as another wave of energy approaches the region and allows for thunderstorm development with heavy rainfall and isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms to develop. Urban/poor drainage flooding, small river/stream flooding, strong to damaging winds and hail are the primary threats. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Southern New Hampshire, Western and North-Central Massachusetts and North-Central Connecticut from 11 AM today to Midnight Tuesday.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely anytime after Noon today. This will be the only complete coordination message on today’s threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below are the NWS Taunton Flash Flood Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Flash Flood Watch Statement: a href=”http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html”http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html/a

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook: a href=”http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html”http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html/a


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